Modi holds meetings with Guyanese president, Mauritius minister

Friday 16th January 2015 04:01 EST

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Guyana President Donald Ramotar and said India would set up its first IT Centre of Excellence on the South American continent in his country. Meeting Ramotar on the sidelines of the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Gandhinagar, Modi recalled his interaction with South American leaders on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in 2014.

India has approved a new Line of Credit of $50 million for the East Bank Demerara-East Coast Road Link Project in the small country on the continent’s Caribbean coast. India has also agreed to concessional credit to supply a passenger ferry to help Guyana overcome transportation problems in the northern region.

During his meeting with Vice Prime Minister of Mauritius, Showkatally Soodhun, Modi congratulated the Mauritius Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on his recent election victory and renewed an invitation to him to visit India. Jugnauth has also invited Modi to visit Mauritius.

During his meeting with South Africa Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Modi recalled the common heritage of the two countries, including struggle against colonial rule.

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